Way to Go! You’ve decided to take the next steps in buying a new Atlanta home, maybe even been pre-approved for a new low fixed rate mortgage, and (hopefully) also plan to work with and buy from a preferred, local Atlanta builder. Now of course, you’re bound to have things that need some cleaning or clearing out – either thrown away, sold, or donated locally – before moving day. Regardless of what buying phase you’re in, don’t wait until the last minute to start getting rid of your old stuff. Whether you plan to move this month, this year, or sooner than later – consider the ideas below as a good starter list during your Atlanta Spring cleaning. Remember: Today is always a great time to clear out the clutter, so have a look around and just get started.
Look in the garage, on the patio or in the basement. Things like old batteries, dirty motor oil, expired anti-freeze, dried up paint cans, and empty aerosol cans. What to Do: To ensure they don’t contaminate the environment or accidentally harm children or pets, they all need to be disposed of properly. Find a safe and local recycling center for proper disposal.
We’ve all got an old bottle of something our doctor gave us that expired last year and most likely a few over the counter items that are past their prime as well. Clean out your medicine chest or bathroom cabinet. You may be surprised at how many things you find that are past their prime. What to Do: Before you throw them in the trash of start flushing them down the toilet, please check online for local resources to ensure proper disposal. Some folks may even have medications that need additional care or handling.
Plastic Food Containers
Any or all of those old Tupperware or Glad plastic containers you may have been saving or reusing for work – go ahead and put them in the recycling. What to Do: Replace them with new plastic or glass containers that do not contain BPA, a harmful chemical that leaches into food as containers age or get heated in the microwave or dishwasher. Don’t buy new ones with recycle codes 3 or 7 since they may contain BPA. Most plastic containers made before 2010 have BPA in them so buyer beware.
Expired Canned Food & Aged Spices
You know those dusty cans of food you’ve had so long you can’t remember buying them, they’re probably ready to go too, so don’t feel bad. While you’re at it, check the spice rack or cabinet for anything that appears clumped together or dried up. It’s true these “specimens” probably won’t make you sick, but they have most likely lost their intended flavor. What to Do: Many Food safety experts disagree on how long you can keep canned goods after the expiration date, so check for printed dates. If you can’t find one or figure it out then contact your local food bank for help. Moving on to old herbs and spices, once you get rid of the ones that have expired, ask yourself a question about what remains: When was the last time you used it for cooking? If you don’t know then you should donate it as well. Industry experts say herbs, ground spices, and seasoning blends last 1-2 yrs and whole spices can last up to 4 yrs.
Unread Dusty Books
How many books do you own that haven’t been read since you “picked” them up or they were finished awhile ago and won’t be read again. We predict you have some of both right now. Books are heavy, collect dust, and take up space so don’t plan on moving them unless you really have to. What to Do: Grab a box that isn’t too big, fill it up, and donate them locally. We’re sure that someone, somewhere will find them new home.
Passed Their Prime Pillows
Time to check your linen closets, trunks, or wherever you keep them. Apologies in advance if what we’re about to share give you the creeps, but pillows more than 18 months old typically contain fungi, dead skin and dust mites that aggravate allergies, asthma, and other sinus related issues. What to Do: The simple solution is to replace your pillows every 12 months. If you can’t recall the last time you replaced the pillows on your bed or the ones you have set aside for guests that stay over, then consider moving this to the top of your “next new things” to buy list today.
Did we miss any good “Atlanta Spring cleaning before you move ideas” that you want to share? Let us know what you plan to get rid of before moving into your new home. We appreciate your comments and thoughts so get in touch with us here. Brock Built is committed to building semi-custom, top quality, premier new Atlanta homes with a variety of floor plans, options, and price points across the Atlanta area. So no matter where in Atlanta or North GA you want to call home, we intend to have the perfect community waiting. What to Do: Start your own traditions in a Brock Built home today! For more information or any questions please visit BrockBuilt.com or call 404.472.5707.